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How Receptive are Your Unbelieving Friends to the Gospel?

When you begin to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with an unbelieving (non-Christian) acquaintance, which of the above facial expressions appears on his or her face? And what do you do? Do you stop at a “red light” or plow recklessly ahead? Do you run through a “yellow light” or maybe stop just assuming it’s turning yellow? Do you cruise appropriately through a “green light,” or perhaps slow down and stop even though the light is green? In other words, how do we and how should we respond to various receptivity signs flashed at us when we attempt to tell unbelievers about Jesus and the salvation he offers them? 

Evangelism – For the Biblically Uninformed

With evangelism—“one size” does NOT fit all! “One size fits all,” in many industries, is an audacious claim that may not deliver what it promises. Often, people on both ends of the large-small spectrum end up being frustrated. “One size fits all” evangelism training programs and resources are common too. But, the consequences for a “misfit” with a gospel presentation can be much more serious than mere frustration; the consequences can be eternally damning. 

Gospel Knowledge Deficiencies

For a teacher, the flip side of considering what your students DO know about your subject is considering what they do NOT know. And the next step is giving them what they MUST know in order to know what they NEED to know. You may want to let that sink in, because it is important for those of us who want to share the gospel with unbelievers. Earlier in this series of articles, we introduced the vertical dimension of the Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship scale, which illustrates levels of gospel understanding—what specific unbelievers know about the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

How To Witness to A Non Believer: 3 Step Guide To Using Verbal & Non Verbal Communication

Getting to know a person is like peeling an onion. It’s a natural thing that we do most anytime we converse at length with a person we encounter for the first time. We peel off layers by asking questions. Questions peel away layers, one at a time, often getting deeper into the person’s life with each additional question. And when done properly, our new acquaintances open their lives gradually without any sense of intrusion. 

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